This event is planned to take place outdoors and will take place regardless of weather conditions (unless deemed unsafe by the safety officer). There are no returns for bad weather. We strongly advise that you come dressed appropriately for an outdoor event.

Wind In The Willows
Adapted and Directed by IAN SPIBY

From the stories by Kenneth Grahame, (Original) music KENDAL KIRKLAND, arranged by ROD ILIFFE.

Join Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger on their adventures in this brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved story, performed in the open air.

Experience Toad’s dramatic tale of imprisonment, daring escape and the battle for Toad Hall as you’ve never seen it before, but with all the words you know so well!  

We bring the characters of the Riverbank and the Wild Wood to life in Wind in the Willows this summer, filled with all the friendship and humour of the original book - the perfect summershow for kids and adults alike!


This brand new version of the classic tale comes with a specially composed original musical score, composed by Kendal Kirkland, and arranged by Rod Iliffe.

Photos from Holdenby House performance, Sat 25 June 2022.  Photo credit: StageyRebel

Short Films

During 2020, we (in a covid-secure manner) embarked on an adventure with the characters from Wind In the Willows. You can see our latest short films below, or head over to our YouTube page to see what else we've been up to!

Read Director Ian Spiby's Blog

Locations

Sat 25 June 6pm - Holdenby House, Holdenby Refreshments permitted on the lawn but all food to be purchased via Holdenby Tea Room. Bring your picnic blanket or chairs.
 
Sun 26 June 5pm - Stanwick Lakes

Bring your own picnic blanket or chairs. Refreshments will be available to purchase, or you’re welcome to bring your own.


Fri 1 July 7pm - Village Hall, Marston St Lawrence, Oxon (Indoor performance) 

Sat 2 July 6pm - Joy Mead Gardens, Farthingstone

Bring your own picnic blanket or chairs and refreshments however, cold drinks and snacks are available to buy.


Sun 3 July 6pm- Stable Lane, Pitsford

Seating is provided and wine and beer are available to purchase.


Fri 8 - Sun 10 July 6pm - The Walled Garden, Delapre Abbey

Bring your own picnic blanket or chairs and refreshments however, drinks and snacks are available to buy.


Fri 15 July 6pm - Kinver Edge Natonal Trust

Bring your own picnic blanket or chairs and refreshments. Hot/cold drinks, ice-cream and snacks will be available to purchase from the tearoom.


Sat 16 July 6pm - Benthall Hall National Trust

Bring your own picnic blanket or chairs and refreshments. Cold drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.

Cast & Creatives

Toad – Fraser Haines

Rat – Richard Jordan

Mole – Bernie Wood

Badger & Mrs Pyewacket – Barry Dougall

Mrs Otter – Victoria Miles

Doris Rabbit – Mo Shapiro

Emily Rabbit & Mrs Ferzakerly  - Liz Clarke

Bargewoman – Kate Billingham

Chief Weasel & Chief Magistrate – Ben Stanton

Clerk of the Court, Slasher & Lucy – Lynne O’Sullivan or Sam Harrison

Arnold, Colonel Blagden, 2nd Magistrate & Ripper – Martin Williams

Crew

Adapted and directed by Ian Spiby

Music composed by Kendal Kirkland and arranged by Rod Iliffe. Lyrics to “Toad he went a-pleasuring” written by John Myhill

Stage Management – Weekes Baptiste & Kate Billingham

Lighting & Sound Technician – Dave Jones

Costumes - Anne Parkes

Choreography – Sam Harrison